My Most Unique Photo of Yosemite Yet

 I’ve never pushed myself so hard for a photo shoot. After countless hours researching one of my favorite photo locations on Google, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram and then tracking down the almost exact location through shared camera GPS data I drove 3 1/2 hours to capture this amazing Yosemite view that is destined to be a centerpiece …

Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

 Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang …

Yosemite Falls and Merced River

 My initial sunrise destination was Tunnel View but too much chatter about early-80’s George Brett at 6 a.m. left me driving off to Swinging Bridge in search of less talk and more photography. I lucked out as I got to enjoy this sunrise to myself before a few photographers came later on after the brief light show …

Drakes Beach

 Drakes Beach is best known for being the rumored landing spot of Sir Francis Drake, the first European to reach the Pacific Coast, in 1579. I have had a lifelong fascination with historical subjects so I’d been wanting to photograph this place for a while now. I’m aware that U.S. history tends to approach history from …

Get Over Your First Impressions

 My first impressions of Napa Valley was not a particularly strong one. I first visited ten years ago thinking it would be full of quiet vineyards “out in the country”. That could not be any further from the truth. Napa Valley is super popular. There’s lots of traffic and tourists. It’s hard to get away …

Muir Beach

 My previous and only visit to Muir Beach was all the way back in 2002. My cousin Herbert (a photographer too) had accompanied me on this trip as I was attending an orientation at my soon-to-be grad school in San Francisco so we spent a day photographing Muir Woods and Muir Beach. Somehow I had forgotten about Muir …

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

 The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge sort of reminds me of the Salton Sea. There has been so much man-made damage done to the bay that the shoreline is littered with giant concrete blocks. Prior to becoming a National Wildlife Refuge not too long ago this place for example was a commercial salt pond for …

Radian & Michron Timelapse

 I was recently asked to test and provide my thoughts on two pieces of timelapse gear; the Radian & Michron. After taking the gear out a few times I have to say that both of them are quite useful to have in your bag if you’re interested in making timelapse footage. The biggest benefits in …